Guinness World Records Day: 325 dressed as penguins, 595 pizza boxes, more

From a man catching 16 darts in one hand in a minute to 325 people dressing up as penguins, Thursday was a record-setting day across the world.

Those world records and several more have been set on the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day, established in 2004, which celebrates strange and stupendous feats across the globe and encourages people to make a run at putting their name in the Guinness World Record book.

The largest collection of pizza boxes belongs to Scott Wiener and consists of 595 different boxes in Brooklyn, New York. Philip Robertson / Guinness World Records
The largest collection of pizza boxes belongs to Scott Wiener and consists of 595 different boxes in Brooklyn, New York.

Three of the records set were by Americans, led by Brooklyn’s Scott Weiner, who set the mark for largest collection of pizza boxes with 595 gathered from 45 different countries. Texan Tim Wade, 17, set the male record for most consecutive handsprings with 46. A member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Thunder Law, threw a basketball 109 feet, 9 inches into a hoop to set the record for longest basketball shot.

The largest gathering of people dressed as penguins is 325, and was achieved by members of the Richard House Children's Hospice in Wood Wharf, London, England, for Guinness World Records Day 2013, the international day of record breaking. AnneCaroline / Guinness World Records
The largest gathering of people dressed as penguins is 325, and was achieved by members of the Richard House Children's Hospice in Wood Wharf, London, England, for Guinness World Records Day 2013, the international day of record breaking.

In the United Kingdom, 325 people supported Richard House Children’s Hospice in London by simultaneously wearing penguin outfits to set the record for largest gathering of people dressed as penguins. Over at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, others set the mark for most hula hoops spun simultaneously by a group of 10 people with 264.

The most hula hoops spun simultaneously by a team is 264 and was achieved by Marawa the Amazing and her Majorettes at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, on 14 November 2013. Matt Crossick / Guinness World Records
The most hula hoops spun simultaneously by a team is 264 and was achieved by Marawa the Amazing and her Majorettes at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, on 14 November 2013.
Australian sword swallower Cheyne Hultgren successfully sets a new Guinness Book World Record for most swords swallowed while underwater, at the Sydney Aquatic Centre in Sydney. DAN HIMBRECHTS / EPA
Cheyne Hultgren successfully sets a new Guinness Book World Record for most swords swallowed while underwater.

German Joe Alexander caught 16 darts in one hand in one minute to set a world record, and a group in Norway produced the world’s largest knitted scarf at an incredible 2.84 miles long. Norwegian Chayne Jultgren also set a record by swallowing three swords while underwater.

A Japanese man broke his own record set on last year’s Guinness World Records Day. Kenichi Ito covered 100 meters while on all fours in a record 16.87 seconds, besting his mark of 17.47 seconds from a year ago.

All of the aforementioned feats performed Thursday have been officially verified as world records, according to Guinness spokesperson Sara Wilcox.

"Guinness World Records Day brings together likeminded people, whether they're hula-hoopers, ninjas, sword swallowers, or penguin fancy-dressers," said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, in a press release. "It's one thing to be amazing, but are you 'officially amazing'?"

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    Enjoy these eye-popping images of the biggest, fastest, longest, weirdest and wackiest record breakers featured in the 2014 edition of “Guinness World Records.”

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    Enjoy these eye-popping images of the biggest, fastest, longest, weirdest and wackiest record breakers featured in the 2014 edition of “Guinness World Records.”

    The most people wearing "Cat in the Hat" hats is 726 and was achieved by Armstrong Elementary School and the Armstrong Elementary Dads Club in Dallas, Texas, on February 28, 2014.

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    Farthest reverse ramp jump by car -

    The farthest reverse ramp jump by a car, with a distance of 89 feet 3.25 inches, was achieved by Rob Dyrdek, for ‘"Fantasy Factory" on February 13 2014.

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    Blast from the past! Heaviest twins -

    Billy Leon (1946–79) and Benny Loyd (1946 - 2001) McCrary, alias McGuire, were normal in size until the age of six. In November 1978, Billy and Benny weighed 743 pounds and 723 pounds respectively, and each had waists measuring 84 inches.

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    Largest walking robot -

    Look out! Zollner Elektronik AG in Zandt, Germany created the world's largest walking robot. It measures 51 feet 6 inches long, 40 feet 5 inches wide and 26 feet 10 inches tall, and it was displayed in Berlin on Sept. 27, 2012.

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    Fastest 100 meters in high heels -

    Sometimes fashion-conscious women are in a big, big hurry. The fastest 100 meters ever run by a woman in high heels happened in just 14.531 seconds. Julia Plecher attained the record on the set of Guinness World Records in Europa Park, Rust, Germany on July 13, 2012.

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    Largest living cat -

    Meow-WOW! The world’s largest living cat is Hercules, an adult male liger — that is, a lion and tigress hybrid. Hercules measures 131 inches long, stands 49 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 922 pounds. He lives at Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve in South Carolina.

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    Largest chair -

    Need a seat? The largest chair in the world measures 98 feet 5 inches tall and was crafted by XXXLutz together with Holzleimbauwerk Wiehag GmbH. They completed and presented the colossal creation in St. Florian, Austria on Feb. 9, 2009.

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    Longest beard on a woman -

    The longest beard on a woman belongs to Vivian Wheeler of the United States. Her beard measured at 10.04 inches from the follicle to the tip of hair on the set of “Lo Show Dei Record” in Milan, Italy on April 8, 2011.

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    Shortest living dog -

    So tiny! The smallest living dog (in terms of height) is a female Chihuahua named Milly, who measured just 3.8 inches tall on Feb. 21, 2013. Milly lives with owner Vanesa Semler in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

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    A contortionist with multiple records -

    Leilani Franco is so flexible that she holds more than one world record. Her accomplishments include: a record for traveling in a backbend position for a distance of 65 feet, 7.2 inches in 10.05 seconds; a record for traveling in a contortion roll for a distance of 65 feet, 7.2 inches in 17.47 seconds; and a record for performing 25 full-body revolutions while in the chest-stand position in one minute.

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    Largest collection of ‘Star Wars’ memorabilia -

    Steve Sansweet has amassed an estimated 300,000 unique “Star Wars” items at Rancho Obi-Wan in Northern California. As of May 15, 2013, only 90,546 of those items had been accurately audited and catalogued — but that number was sufficient to beat the previous Guinness World Records figure by a factor of four. Sansweet estimated that the cataloguing process will take years to complete, as his collection continues to grow.

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    Largest rideable bicycle -

    The largest rideable bicycle in the world was created by German inventor Dieter "Didi" Senft, who is known endearingly in many countries as “El Diablo.”

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    Smallest roadworthy car -

    The smallest roadworthy car measures 25 inches high, 2 feet 1.75 inches wide and 4 feet 1.75 inches long. It was created by Austin Coulson and measured in Carrollton, Texas on Sept. 7, 2012. Pictured in the tiny vehicle is Lisa Stoll, Couslon's girlfriend.

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    Tallest rideable motorcycle -

    The tallest rideable motorcycle measures 16 feet 8.78 inches tall from the ground to the top of the handlebars. Fabio Reggiani constructed the motorcycle, which was ridden over a 100-meter course at Montecchio Emilia, Italy, on March 24, 2012.

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    Shortest donkey -

    Meet KneeHi, the world’s shortest donkey! Born on Oct. 2, 2007, KneeHi is a brown jack who measured 25.29 inches to the top of the withers at Best Friends Farm in Gainesville, Fla., on July 26, 2011. A registered miniature Mediterranean donkey, KneeHi is owned by Jim and Frankie Lee and is pictured here with Misty The Horse.

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    Couple with most body modifications -

    The most body modifications for a married couple is ... drum roll ... 77! The record is held by Victor Hugo Peralta of Uruguay and his wife, Gabriela Peralta of Argentina, who married on Feb. 21, 2008. Their 77 modifications include 50 piercings, four microdermal implants, 11 body implants, five dental implants, four ear expanders, two ear bolts and one forked tongue.

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    Fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog -

    Go Ozzy! The Border Collie/Kelpie mix achieved the record for the fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog. He did it in just 18.22 seconds on Feb. 1, 2013 at F.A.I.T.H. Animal Rescue in Norfolk, England.

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    Tallest useable pogo stick -

    The tallest useable pogo stick is 9 feet 6.5 inches. This record was achieved by American Fred Grzybowski at the Toronto International Busker Festival on Aug. 7, 2011.

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